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Thread: How young is too young for a quilt?

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    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
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    I once heard that you should not put a quilt on a baby. If the quilt is too heavy, it may do harm. Does anyone have any idea of what this means? I am assuming that if the baby is not able to turn itself over,etc it may be too restricted in their movement?? (suffocate? heaven forbid!).

    I also worry about flamability (sic) of baby quilts.

    A friend wants me to make a quilt for her new grandchild that is due in late fall. I just want to make sure she understands the relationship of the age of the baby and a quilt.

    anyone?
    sandy

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    Never heard that and all 5 of the ones I have raised used quilts from day 1!

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    It's a wonder that any of us lived with all these new "rules."

    In my house quilts go on babies right from the get go and they have all thrived.

    Vicky

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    I never head it before either and I raised 3 and 5 grandkids and they each had quilts. In fact my great grandaughter is sleeping with the one I made her mom,even tho I made her a baby quilt...she like her moms big girl quilt.....guess it is time to make her one.
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    I raised my kids, all with quilts from Grandma. I was also and I am still here.
    Never heard of such a thing and I hope it isn't true. I am making 3 quilts for my new great nephews due all in August.

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    Ihave never heard of a baby being smothered by a quilt. I doubt any mother would put it over the face of a child. Make a light weight quilt and do your very best, it will be treasured and used.
    If it is really pretty, it may end up as a wall hanging.

    Carol J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl
    I once heard that you should not put a quilt on a baby. If the quilt is too heavy, it may do harm. Does anyone have any idea of what this means? I am assuming that if the baby is not able to turn itself over,etc it may be too restricted in their movement?? (suffocate? heaven forbid!).

    I also worry about flamability (sic) of baby quilts.

    A friend wants me to make a quilt for her new grandchild that is due in late fall. I just want to make sure she understands the relationship of the age of the baby and a quilt.

    anyone?
    sandy
    This information is correct. With the improvement in the loss of babies to SIDS which by the way also includes suffocation a lot of the time it is recommended no blankets or bumper pads in the crib. Quilts make wonderful tummy time mats for on the floor.

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    I did not use quilts in the crib with my kids due to the possibility is suffocation but I did use them for floor time. Nothing better then a nice thick quilt for a baby to roll around on.

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    I made quilts for the two youngest grandchildren (wasn't quilting yet for the oldest). They love them, and slept on their backs til they could turn themselves over. the youngest uses his all the time (he just turned 3) and it is flannel and chenille. Now that he is older he likes his ear covered when he turns onto his tummy. The middle one still has the flannel quilt on her bed,between her sheet and other blanket. It is really too small for her but she loves it.

    As an aside, my younger child is 41. When he was born he loved to sleep on his back, and the dr. said "oh no, can't, he'll choke if he spits up". I'm glad SIDS rates are down though.

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    there are always those instances where something unfortunate happens-
    there are always those people who are somewhat (extremists) who hear one story and suddenly decide it is Gospel and would have warnings on every item we come in contact with.
    babies have been wrapped in quilts through out history.
    there are now warnings that you should never make a child under 3 a raggy quilt- they may chew on the frayed edges and choke.
    you should never put a button on anything for a child under 5-
    you should never - you should never- you should never

    getting up in the morning has its own inherent risks.
    in the past 35 years i have made at least 200 baby quilts--so far i haven't (caused harm) to a single baby -- and some of those quilts have been passed down to new generations.

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